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Paracelsus Healthcare Corp., of Pasadena, Calif., has received Federal Trade Commission approval to purchase three Utah hospitals, but the move will come at the expense of an undisclosed number of jobs.

Floyd D. Morgan, newly appointed regional vice president for Paracelsus, said the company has a different approach to staffing and that a work force reduction already has been implemented. Terminated employees will receive a severance package and career transition counseling.Paracelsus is taking ownership of the 125-bed FHP Hospital in South Salt Lake; the 126-bed Davis Hospital and Medical Center in Layton; and the 139-bed Pioneer Valley Hospital in West Valley City. The FHP facility has been renamed PHC Regional Hospital and Medical Center, and all of the layoffs will come there.

Ron Messenger, Paracelsus president and chief executive officer, said, "When the recently announced merger with Champion Healthcare Corp., Houston, Texas, is completed, Paracelsus will be a significant health-care provider in the Utah market."

Champion owns and operates the 50-bed Jordan Valley Hospital and the 300-bed Salt Lake Regional Hospital in Salt Lake City.

Morgan said 430 employees and contracted house physicians will be retained at the PHC Regional Hospital. "The reduced staffing levels reflect and are commensurate with the scope and depth of services provided," said, Jeffrey A. Feeney, newly appointed chief executive officer.

A graduate of Weber State University, Morgan was CEO of Davis Hospital and Medical Center from 1991 to his most recent appointment. His regional office is located in Salt Lake City.

Feeney has extensive experience in hospitals in Illinois, Missouri, Florida and Kansas and joined Par-a-cel-sus in 1994 as CEO of a hospital in Kansas.

Robert Cash is the new CEO at Davis Hospital and Medical Center. For the past year he has been chief operating officer at that facility.

Brian Mottishaw has been reappointed CEO of the Pioneer Valley Hospital. He has worked at Holy Cross Hospital in Salt Lake City and Holy Cross Health Services, which included eight acute care hospitals in several states. He has been CEO at Pioneer Valley since December 1994.